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Heather Ogden - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Heather Ogden

Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students | Southern Utah University


Specializing in Higher Education Administration, Ethics and Compliance, and Title IX


Heather Ogden is the assistant vice president/dean of students at Southern Utah University. Ogden assists in the oversight, leadership, management, and administration of numerous areas housed within Student Affairs at the University. She has spent 11+ years at SUU working with others and growing positive relationships across campus, and her priority as dean of students is advocating for students' needs.

Before her role as AVP/dean of students, Ogden served SUU in other capacities, most recently as director of ethics and compliance in the University's Title IX Office. She also previously served as a faculty member for the College of Education and Human Development and as lead advisor.

Prior to working at SUU, she was a guidance counselor in two Utah school districts and an administrator with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services.

Ogden earned a Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Utah State University.

Answers (1)

What does a Dean of Students do?

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The Dean of Students Office at Southern Utah University provides solutions, services, and support to help students navigate the university setting. The Office serves as a student support network by focusing on students’ educational, social, and personal development; we promote academic success and student retention.The Office also provides advocacy, problem resolution, and critical incident intervention when additional assistance is needed, including conduct issues on our campus.






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Industry Expertise (2)

Social Services


Areas of Expertise (8)

Title IX Coordination

Crisis Response and Planning

Student Affairs in Higher Education

Career Preparation and Readiness

Title IX

Ethics and Compliance

Diversity and inclusion in higher education

Title IX Investigation

Education (2)

University of Phoenix: M.S., Counseling

Utah State University: B.S., Social Work

Accomplishments (5)

Influencer of the Year Award (professional)

Southern Utah University, 2019

Advisor of the Year (professional)

Southern Utah University, 2014

Influencer Award (professional)

Southern Utah University, 2016-2020

Eileen Robinson Award for Exemplary Service in Academic Advising (professional)

Southern Utah University, 2013

Woman of Distinction (professional)

Center for Women & Families, Southern Utah University, 2014

Affiliations (3)

  • Presidential Safety Commission
  • Assessment and Intervention Team
  • Chair Big Sky Serious Misconduct Committee

Media Appearances (2)

Heather Ogden Named Dean of Students at SUU

SUU University News  online


Career educator Heather Ogden has been named dean of students after spending the past seven years serving in other capacities at Southern Utah University.

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Southern Utah University names St. George native College of Education Valedictorian

St George News  online


Heather Ogden, SUU lead student success advisor and one of Christensen’s professors, said Christensen stood out on first impressions due to her enthusiasm, communication skills and professional demeanor. “Kelli is excited about learning,” Ogden said. “She always goes the extra mile and it is reflected in everything she does. Kelli is reliable, persistent and eternally upbeat and demonstrates perseverance and passion for long-term goals.”

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Courses (7)

FLHD 1500 - Human Development through the Lifespan

Emphasizes and examines aspects of human development across the lifespan. Includes holistic view of developmental changes that integrate theories, research and application. Overview of the development of the individual and the family in society.

FLHD 3100 - Foundations of School Counseling

Study key components of comprehensive school counseling programs, including a systemic, data-driven approach, guidance curriculum, educational and career planning, responsive services, and system support.

FLHD 3200 - Child Development, Infancy through Twelve

An in-depth study of biological, cognitive, and psycho-social development from conception through age twelve.

FLHD 3350- Values and Ethics

Examines personal values and professional ethics as they relate to working with individuals and families.

FLHD 3700 - Effective Parenting

Emphasize and examine theoretical foundations of effective parenting strategies and skills.

FLHD 4100 - Family Problems and Solutions

Family life education focuses on healthy family functioning within a family systems perspective and provides a primarily preventive approach.

FLHD 4200 - Family Life Education

Developing competencies in basic principles of family life education: curriculum design, development, implementation, and evaluation.